BOL 1052: An actual piece of horse

I'm not sure why I mentioned an actual piece of horse, but it had to do with trojan horses and mysterious laptops showing up at Governor's offices around the US. We also help you get hooked up with Snow Leopard compatibility and warn you against a couple

Tom Merritt Former CNET executive editor
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I'm not sure why I mentioned an actual piece of horse, but it had to do with trojan horses and mysterious laptops showing up at Governor's offices around the US. We also help you get hooked up with Snow Leopard compatibility and warn you against a couple of scary government initiatives.

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Hey guys,

love the show, with Tom’s virtualization (show 1051) idea, there are a few fantastic products like Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop. With XenDesktop you get a whole virtual desktop deliver to your computer which can either run using the power of your computer or of the servers and means you can run pretty much any OS on your laptop but for company work use their virtual access, you can even access the desktop through the web so you could use a netbook :) .

At my current company we heavily use virtualization like this because everyone uses different operating systems but all the companies core apps are windows based, as I am writing this to you I am in the Outback of Australia using my companies internal applications through my web browser running on my Mac.


Ray the systems admin guy


Hello Buzz Crew,

I'm not sure if this is of interest to anyone, but did you know that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is allowed to seize your laptop or other electronic device without cause when you enter the US?

This applies to everyone, US Citizens and foreign nationals. The rules were recently updated, partially under pressure from a recent ALCU lawsuit, but the ALCU wants further changes. Under the revised rules, CBP and ICE are also allowed to keep your laptop for up to 30 days to perform the search. The ACLU asserts that the rules are still too broad and have the potential for abuse.

While the occurrence of this happening appears to be quite uncommon, is does happen. The CBP reported they only did about 1,000 laptop searches during a 10 month period, and only 46 were in-depth searches. The CDP processed 221 million passengers during that same time frame. Rare as it may be, I certainly would not want to be on of the travelers who were subjected to this search and seizure of their laptop. The thing that really bothers me is they are allowed to do this without cause.

Quoting the PC world article linked below:

"CBP has asserted that it can search all files, including financial documents and Web browsing history, on travelers’ laptops and electronic devices “absent individualized suspicion.” The agency does need probable cause that a crime has been committed to seize a device."

I guess all of this is something to think about when deciding if you should take your laptop, smart phone, or any other electronic device on your next overseas trip.

Here are the relevant links:

http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1251393255852.shtm http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320116-38.html

Thanks for such an informative and fun show.

Lenny the Globetraveler


I thought you guys might get a kick out of this. Two Swedish geeks spent six months putting this stop-motion music video together for their electronic music. They used a Nikon DSLR, a lot of legos, and even more patience :-)


Stockholm, Sweden

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